Outlaw country singer Randy Howard has been killed in a shootout with a bounty hunter at his home in Tennessee.
According to the authorities, the late country singer was fatally shot on Tuesday after opening fire on a bail bondsman, a seasoned bounty hunter, who showed up at his cabin in Lynchburg, Tennessee to serve an arrest warrant.
Howard, who the Washington Post reports to have racked up drug, drinking and gun charges ranging from the Tennessee to Georgia, was at his home on Tuesday evening when bounty hunter Jackie Shell arrived to arrest him on an outstanding warrant.
In the confrontation which ensued, Shell shot the 65-year-old country singer inside of his residence, according to a statement from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) which also claimed that “Shell shot Howard after Howard fired” his weapon first.
While the bounty hunter sustained injuries during the incident, it was Howard who passed away inside of the “Johnny Walker Home” he referenced in his music.
While TBI continues to investigate, the shooting itself has raised questions regarding the rights of bail bondsmen, who are not licensed in Tennessee, as under state law, Howard had the right to defend himself if threatened in his home.
Howard’s neighbor Terry Dotson told local TV station WSMV that the late outlaw country icon had once told him that “he wasn’t going back to jail.”
He said he wasn’t going back to jail.
Shell, a former police officer, was attempting to detain Randy on a DUI charge at the time of the shooting.